Listen Local Everything you need to know about the SF election

first_imgEmail Address 0% On Thursday, Mission Local’s Charlotte Silver sat down with our editor Joe Eskenazi to discuss Tuesday’s election. We still don’t know who San Francisco’s next mayor will be — but there’s a lot we do know. We talked about what kind of power the mayor wields, why it looks like the biggest spenders failed in this election, and what we (the media and you) should be paying more attention to.Have a listen. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Tags: Elections • ListenLocal • Mark Leno Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

One man injured in shooting at 16th and Shotwell

first_img Email Address Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter One man sustained life-threating injuries in a shooting that took place Tuesday at 7:25 p.m. at the intersection of 16th and Shotwell streets, according to witnesses.The man was conscious immediately following the incident, asking bystanders to call 911 and screaming that he had been shot in the back.Witnesses said the victim, who was driving a green Saturn sedan and appeared to be in his mid-20s to early 30s, was on Shotwell and heading south across 16th Street when six to eight gunshots erupted from another car driving west on 16th Street. After the gunfire hit the victim in his car, they said, he reversed back into Shotwell from the middle of the intersection.Meanwhile, the suspect’s car drove off at a normal speed continuing west on 16th Street, they said.center_img “It was so fast,” said a woman named Faith.She approached the victim who was sitting in the car and asked if he was okay. She noticed that he had he had a bullet wound on the left side of his back, near his rib cage. “It was just a dot,” she said. “But when he lifted his shirt there was more blood.”She also remembers him saying that he did not know who shot him.“He seemed surprised that he was shot,” said Eileen Shields, who was walking on 16th Street during the incident. “Like (he) was trying to make as much sense of it as we were.”At around 7:30 p.m., bystanders had converged on the man’s car, trying to help the victim, some yelling “turn off the car!” and “Sit up!”Shortly afterward, around eight police cars and an ambulance converged on the scene. The man was taken to the hospital. last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons has named is 19man squad ahead of F

first_imgROYCE Simmons has named is 19-man squad ahead of Friday’s Super League clash with Warrington Wolves.James Graham returns to the squad but Shaun Magennis misses out with a wrist injury.Leon Pryce is still sidelined with a groin problem.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Tom Makinson.Tony Smith, Warrington’s Head Coach, will choose from:1. Brett Hodgson, 2. Chris Riley, 5. Joel Monaghan, 6. Lee Briers, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Adrian Morley, 9. Michael Monaghan, 10. Garreth Carvell, 11. Louis Anderson, 12. Ben Westwood, 13. Ben Harrison, 14. Mickey Higham, 16. Paul Wood, 19. Lee Mitchell, 20. Matty Blythe, 21. Tyrone McCarthy, 23. Ryan Atkins, 24. Rhys Evans, 26. David Solomona.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.Although the East Stand has sold out, there are limited tickets available in both the North and South Stands. You can buy them at the Saints Ticket Office in the Church Square Shopping Centre or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comIf you can’t make the game it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Technical difficulties have prevented the Centre working but they have been ironed out and the service is good to go.You can also listen by tuning in at 102.4 fm or by logging on to www.wishfm.netlast_img read more

JORDAN Turner is hoping to change the record when

first_imgJORDAN Turner is hoping to change the record when Saints take on Hull KR this Friday.Keiron Cunningham’s men head to the KC Lightstream Stadium seeking their first win over there since 2008 – and their first in the league since 2007.“Records don’t mean anything, they are there to be changed,” he said. “It is another pitch at the end of the day. Those records are the furthest thing from our minds.“Hull KR are a tough side. They attack really well and have good players such as Albert Kelly and a few others.“As with all the games in the early rounds you have to expect the unexpected. You need to be 100 per cent on what you do best. And we are going there focused.”Jordan played centre at the weekend – after appearing at standoff the week previous.It’s a dual role he is happy with.“I feel equally at home in both positions and to be fair I’m not bothered which one I play in. Things didn’t go according to plan at Salford but at Huddersfield I thought me and Walshy combined really well.“If I am at stand-off again then I will give it my all.”Tickets for the games against Castleford, Wakefield and Wigan (ALL TICKET) are now on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

AIR Factory Trampoline Park has agreed a deal with

first_imgAIR Factory Trampoline Park has agreed a deal with the Saints to not only sponsor powerful prop forward Kyle Amor but also have prominent recognition at the Totally Wicked Stadium.The family attraction in St Helens has become an Official Club Partner of the Saints and will have a considerable advertising presence within the East Stand.Bin Chen, owner of Air Factory, said: “We are incredibly proud to be associated with both Saints and Kyle, one of the club’s finest players.“Our close sponsorship and support of St Helens rugby shows our commitment to building strong ties with the town and its community.“We’re really looking forward to the rest of the season and being a vocal member of the club’s support.”Kyle Amor added: “I’d like to thank all at Air Factory for their sponsorship and support this season and I look forward to working closely with the trampoline park going forward.“I’ve already visited the Park and the kids love it! I’d recommend that you get yourself down there and enjoy the fun.”As part of the sponsorship deal Air Factory will contribute to Saints’ matchday entertainment in the Family Zone during the season.Dave Hutchinson, General Manager at Saints, added: “It is great to have Air Factory as one of our Official Partners. They bring to the club a fun, energetic, family oriented opportunity for all our fans to get involved in.“In addition to the advertising we are very grateful for their support in sponsoring Kyle Amor, who, being a family man, complements the ethos of Air Factory.“So get yourself down there, but mind you don’t “bump into” Kyle, we need him to do his bouncing into the opposition on the pitch!”last_img read more

Morgan Knowles saw red for a tackle on Thibaud Mar

first_imgMorgan Knowles saw red for a tackle on Thibaud Margalet in the second half but a try from Adam Swift, alongside a cooly taken one-pointer from the maturing Danny Richardson, saw them home.Saints were full value for their 12-0 half time lead thanks to their goal line defence which was nothing short of sensational in the freezing temperatures.Catalans didn’t go away though and after hitting back early in the second half through David Mead and then Alrix Da Costa, threatened to take advantage.But as soon as Knowles left the field, Benjamin Jullien joined him for ten minutes and Swift pounced to maintain Saints good start to the new season.This was a performance full of vigour and endeavour which began in the first few minutes.Saints got off to another flying start when Ben Barba created the space for Jonny Lomax to score to the left of the posts in the first couple of minutes.Richardson made it 6-0 with the boot before Luke Douglas and Tommy Makinson came up with vital defensive contributions as the home side turned up the pressure.But Saints then doubled their lead.LMS won a penalty after being up-ended on the half way line and from there, Barba attacked down the left and fired a cut out pass for Regan Grace to score his first of the season.It was some finish too and equalled in no small part by Richardson’s conversion from the touchline into a swirling wind.That’s how it stayed until Dragons’ David Mead came on to the ball at pace and burrowed over early in the second half.It then got worse for the visitors as on the very next set Morgan Knowles lifted Thibaud Margalet and was sent off.Parity in numbers came shortly afterwards as Benjamin Jullien was sinbinned for what looked like a ‘crusher’ tackle on Lomax.Saints duly took control and landed what proved to be the winner. Back in the side because of an injury to Ryan Morgan, Adam Swift took a pass from his centre, went right, and then cut back inside to break two tackles and score.Richardson nailed the extras and then added a drop goal in the 72nd minute after Da Costa had dove over from dummy half.The game was then put to bed, as the hooter sounded, with another Richardson kick – this time a penalty as Theo Fages was hit late.Saints now have a blank weekend before they take on Huddersfield.There’s no rest though as they will train throughout and get themselves ready for the tests that lie ahead.Match Summary:Dragons: Tries: Mead, Da Costa, Goals: Albert (2 from 2)Saints: Tries: Lomax, Grace, Swift Goals: Richardson (4 from 5) Drop: RichardsonPenalties Awarded: Dragons: 8 Saints: 7HT: 0-12 FT: 12-21REF: P BenthamATT: 8,103Teams:Dragons: 1. David Mead; 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Iain Thornley, 4. Brayden Wiliame, 20. Lewis Tierney; 13. Greg Bird, 22. Lucas Albert; 8. Remi Casty, 19. Michael McIlorum, 15. Mickael Simon, 21. Benjamin Jullien, 12. Benjamin Garcia, 17. Jason Baitieri. Subs: 14. Julian Bousquet, 18. Thibaud v, 23. Antoni Maria, 24. Alrix Da Costa.Saints: 23. Ben Barba; 5. Adam Swift, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 14. Luke Douglas, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin. Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 8. Alex Walmsley, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Morgan Knowles.last_img read more

Chops Deli needs to raise six figures in three days or they

first_img “Without some serious help by the middle of this week, the doors will be closed,” Chops Deli co-owner Brad Corpening said.Corpening says it’s been difficult paying back the loan while keeping the business afloat.“That repayment has constituted such a big portion of our weekly sales, that I’m not able to keep up with the expenses of running the business,” he said.Related Article: Wilmington shops to governor: We are open for businessCorpening says they started an online fund and have been trying other methods to raise the money needed.“We have to try everything to try and save the business or- if we leave any stone unturned then, what if we had tried that last strategy that could have saved the business,” Corpening said.Plenty of people have come out to the restaurant since the announcement to show their support because they don’t want to see it go.“You know, the culture. The owner is in here all the time and he’s always trying to make sure that everyone’s got everything they need so, just like I said, it’s a shame. Really is,” customer Brandon Hawkins said.The deli now sits on the chopping block, unless is can raise that $100,000 come Wednesday, but that will only go to the downtown location. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A long time staple in Downtown Wilmington could close down due to a hefty loan debt.Chops Deli announced they will be closing their locations unless they can payback a six figure loan they took out about eight months ago.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hatred wont stop Cape Fear Rugby from another win

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hatred did not stop Cape Fear Rugby Club from adding another win to their season on Saturday! The team won 79 to 5 against the Fort Bragg Rugby team.Monday, one of the members of the club discovered swastikas and pentagrams sprayed across the playing field. Board members were notified and wanted to tackle the matter quickly.- Advertisement – President Nate ‘Panda ‘ Nemec says the group is still weighing its options on cleaning but for now has spray painted over the hate symbols.“We don’t stand for this kind of thing,” said Nemec. “We are an all-inclusive club. We have people of all shapes, sizes, races, ethnicities and beliefs.”Nemec says there have been no leads for a suspect in the investigation. But, he says in his four years as president this has been the biggest display of vandalism.Related Article: Bridge Church congregation paints over hateful graffitiThis hate crime joins other recent events across Wilmington including a gay slurs to a  home on 11th street and racial slurs and profanity to the Bridge Church.last_img read more

Wilmington Police promotes first female deputy chief

first_imgDeputy Chief Alejandra Sotelo (Photo: WPD) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police Department has a new deputy chief and for the first time a woman takes the title.According to WPD, Alejandra Sotelo is a native of Texas and has lived in Wilmington for more than 30 years. She joined the department in 2000 and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from UNCW in Criminal Justice.- Advertisement – She is a graduate of the 74th Class of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University and is currently working on her Master’s degree from UNC Pembroke.Capt. Sotelo has worked in a variety of assignments at the Wilmington Police Department including Patrol, Investigations, Internal Affairs and is currently serving as the Captain over Planning and Research which oversees, the Real Time Crime Center, training, recruiting and CALEA.She is a member of the North Carolina Police Executive Association and a member of the North Carolina Law Enforcement Women’s Association. WPD says Sotelo is the first female in the history of the organization to be promoted to this rank.Related Article: School votes Wilmington teen with special needs as prom kingShe will be assigned to oversee the Support Services Bureau. This promotion will become effective June 24.last_img read more

Qawra construction worker dies from injuries

first_imgAndre Callus from Moviment Graffitti told a Public Protest tonight that this was the 7th person to die in a construction related accident this year.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintcenter_img A construction worker who was in critical condition after falling four floors from a construction site in Qawra, has died. He was 23 year old.The incident took place on 13th June on a site on Annetto Caruana Street. The man fell four storeys and was quickly rushed to hospital.last_img read more

Nokia says it is stopping Windows Phone 78 rollout

first_imgAdvertisement If you’ve noticed that your Lumia phone is discharging very quickly after upgrading to Windows Phone 7.8, you’re not the only one. Nokia and Microsoft seem to have noticed as well. Nokia recently confirmed via its Russian Twitter account that it will stop rolling out the update.The tweet was in response to a Lumia user asking Nokia about the battery issue. Roughly translated, it means, “Microsoft decided to temporarily suspend distribution updates WP7.8 for finalization. ^ MB.”Many users have been reporting heavy battery drain after they updated their Lumia devices to Windows Phone 7.8. According to Microsoft, the new live tiles the update update adds seem to use heavy amounts of data, which in turn causes the battery to die faster. The company will presumably resume the rollout for the update once the issues have been resolved.Nokia originally started rolling out the update to devices back in January. The devices that got the update included the Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800, and 900. – Advertisement – Windows Phone 7.8 has the same homescreen as Windows Phone 8 and allows you to choose from three different tile sizes. There are also new options for the lock screen, such as a daily background image from Bing. Other features in the update include Internet Sharing, Bluetooth Sharing, imaging enhancements like Camera Extras, and apps such as Contact share, Play To and Nokia City Lens. Language support has also been expanded.Microsoft stated last year that none of the existing WP7 devices, including the Nokia 900, would be updated to Windows Phone 8. In order to avoid a riot outside their stores after it announced that, Microsoft promptly stated that Windows Phone 7.8—a sort of ‘value pack’, if you will—would be rolled out for WP7 smartphones.In an interview with The Verge at the time, Greg Sullivan, Senior Marketing Manager at Microsoft, stated, “The nature of the investment [in Windows Phone 8] is primarily in areas that are not exploitable by existing hardware. To do the work to bring all of those elements to a platform that can’t exploit them wasn’t necessarily the most efficient use of resource.”While we understand that WP8 is a completely different beast altogether, it’s surprising that Microsoft couldn’t optimise it for single-core handsets. Perhaps the reason was the lower amount of RAM and not the CPU on the WP7 Lumia phones. However, not everyone cares about a dual-core CPU, NFC and all that jazz, so for them, the WP 7.8 update is more than enough.“When you pull that Lumia out of your pocket after you’ve received that 7.8 update, it will look and feel the same as a Windows Phone 8 device,” said Sullivan. This should keep many WP 7 users happy for the time being, until they decide whether to take the WP 8 plunge or not.Credit: Tech2last_img read more

Gemaltos eBanking Software Protects Banks From Cyber Threats

first_imgAdvertisement Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, has launched Ezio Armored Application, an entirely software-based solution that enables banks to quickly deploy secure eBanking applications on any PC. EzioArmored Application secures eBanking end users against the latest generation of fraudulent and malicious cyber-attacks. In addition, the solution is particularly efficient, reducing the time of validation processes for web applications by as much as threefold, thus significantly reducing the demands placed on a bank’s IT resources.Based on a locked down browser running within a dedicated desktop session, Ezio Armored Application establishes a secure connection to the eBanking website to protect against key logging and screen capture. This mechanism makes attacks such as man-in-the-browser or man-in-the-middle significantly more difficult to carry out. Furthermore, it supports in-depth analysis of the security of end-user environments, enabling comprehensive threat evaluation and if required data collection for further assessment.Alongside enhanced operational efficiency and more robust protection from attacks, Gemalto’s latest secure banking solution also encourages high levels of end-user adoption. For consumers, installing the Ezio Armored Application is as straightforward as clicking on a link to download the application. Accessing the banks’ eBanking portal then exactly mirrors the experience of a traditional web browser. By facilitating the introduction of user-friendly PC applications, Ezio Armored Application further boosts the bank’s brand image and identity. – Advertisement – “This very straightforward solution came from our experience working with our banking customers worldwide, constantly adapting our solutions to their legacy systems, handling their country-specific requirements and supporting the evolving threats they have to deal with,” said Håkan Nordfjell, Senior Vice President of e-Banking and e-Commerce at Gemalto. “We leverage Gemalto’s complete range of solutions, which combines secure software and devices, to provide banks with optimal risk management tools. This new addition to Gemalto’s broad eBanking portfolio enables us to perfectly tailor our offering to each of our customer’s needs.”For more information, click here to view our video ENDlast_img read more

Rice breakthrough could prevent multiple fibrotic diseases

first_imgShareRICE UNIVERSITY CONTACT:  Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL:    PROMEDIOR, INC. CONTACT: Tim Pelura, CEOPHONE: 610-560-1435E-MAIL: tpelura@promedior.comRice breakthrough could prevent multiple fibrotic diseasesTests find protein stops formation of life-threatening scar tissueA scientific breakthrough at Rice University could lead to the first treatment that prevents the build-up of deadly scar tissue in a broad class of diseases that account for an estimated 45 percent of U.S. deaths each year.“Fibrotic diseases kill so many people because they can crop up in almost any part of the body, and cardiac fibrosis is a particular problem for anyone who’s had a heart attack,” said Richard Gomer, professor of biochemistry and cell biology at Rice. “We’ve discovered a naturally occurring blood protein that prevents dangerous scar tissue from forming.”The protein, which is called serum amyloid P, or SAP, has proven effective at preventing fibrotic disease from developing in the hearts of lab animals, and Gomer and colleagues hope it will eventually save thousands of lives once it is developed for human use.Fibrosis occurs when the body’s natural healing process goes awry, creating extra scar tissue that does more harm than good. There are dozens of fibrotic diseases, including atherosclerosis, asthma, cirrhosis, scleroderma and pulmonary fibrosis. Since there are no FDA-approved treatments to prevent fibrotic tissue from forming, doctors typically consider fibrosis to be an irreversible process, and they try to slow it as much as possible with anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drugs.The biopharmaceutical company Promedior Inc., of Malvern, Pa., has licensed Rice’s SAP technology for use against fibrotic diseases. The company is engaged in animal testing, but has not yet set a date for the first human clinical trials of SAP.Gomer said initial animal tests of SAP at Rice have proven very promising. Their first study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science in November with collaborators at Baylor College of Medicine, found that SAP injections prevented the formation of fibrotic scar tissue in the hearts of lab animals. Publication of results on the first pulmonary fibrosis tests of SAP is expected soon, Gomer said.Gomer said SAP is a naturally occurring protein that circulates in the bloodstream and plays a crucial role in regulating wound healing. SAP’s role is to inhibit the activity of immune cells called fibrocytes, which make excess collagen that the body uses to heal wounds. Gomer said the tests at Rice show that maintaining an elevated level of SAP in the blood is enough to prevent fibrotic diseases from forming.He said SAP research in his lab began in 2001 after a chance meeting between himself and UK immunologist Darrell Pilling. Gomer, who’d spent most of his career studying the single-celled amoebae Dictyostelium, met Pilling at lunch during a cell biology conference. Pilling, who was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham in the UK, had recently identified the factor that promoted lymphocyte survival in the fibrotic joints of rheumatoid arthritis patients. However, Pilling was hoping to isolate novel biochemical factors associated with high cell density survival, and Gomer suggested he come to Houston to test some techniques that had proven useful with Dictyostelium. A few days after arriving, the pair noticed a clear interaction between the presence of serum and fibrocytes, and within months had isolated the active component as SAP.They immediately recognized the importance of the find: Pilling stayed in Houston as a faculty fellow, and Gomer all but abandoned his internationally recognized work on Dictyostelium. He even quit tinkering with astronomical research gear, a passion he’d nurtured since his days as an undergraduate physics major that allowed him to co-author a number of astrophysical research papers over the years.“Astronomy is a lot of fun, but I just couldn’t see myself spending the time on it when thousands of people were dying every day from these diseases,” Gomer said.Gomer and Pilling’s research is funded by the NIH, and was also funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Scleroderma Foundation. AddThislast_img read more

UCSD Celebrates Largest Commencement as Dalai Lama Speaks Without Protests

first_img The University of California at San Diego’s largest commencement ever went off without a hitch the weekend of June 17th, which was a pleasant surprise. Earlier grumblings on campus had promised that protests by Chinese students would greet the university’s honored guest, the 14th Dalai Lama.The controversy over the Dalai Lama’s visit erupted when the university made the announcement in February. The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) at UCSD announced opposition to the visit on its social media saying “our association has been forced to take tough and unyielding measures.”The multi-day UCSD commencement events included a press conference and a public address on Friday, June 16; the all-campus commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 17; followed by individual college commencements on June 18. The Dalai Lama spoke on the first two days to a crowd of about 25,000 each day without major incidents. A video by the San Diego Union Tribune showed three Chinese students walked out on Saturday’s commencement.UCSD's RIMAC field filled with about 25,000 people for the Dalai Lama's public address on June 16. (Sophia Fang/Epoch Times) UCSD’s RIMAC field filled with about 25,000 people for the Dalai Lama’s public address on June 16. (Sophia Fang/Epoch Times)The university set aside two free speech zones by the entrance to the RIMAC field. About half a dozen Tibetan monks from a different sect than that of Dalai Lama protested by displaying banners in one zone. On Saturday, around 15  Dalai Lama supporters showed up in the other free speech zone with banners, and Tibetan and American flags.Among the 25,000 people, who attended the ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, were many Chinese students and their families. Some proud Chinese parents travelled to San Diego from mainland China to attend the event.  The events were broadcast to the public on the UCSD website via live streaming video. Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor of UCSD since 2012, said he was pleased and felt the event was good for the students, the community and the university.“In addition to the great education [our students receive] here at UCSD, the last words of wisdom from somebody with great stature sends them out on a very high note.” Khosla said, “Secondly, it is live streamed to millions of people around the world. This brings more visibility to the UC system, UC San Diego, San Diego, California. I think his presence sheds light on everything positive about San Diego.”Around 6,000 graduates on RIMAC listening to Dalai Lama's commencement speech on Saturday, June 17. (Sophia Fang/Epoch Times) Around 6,000 graduates on RIMAC listening to Dalai Lama’s commencement speech on Saturday, June 17. (Sophia Fang/Epoch Times)According to the event organizer Mr. Steven Evans, this year’s all-campus commencement is the largest ever, featuring about 6,000 graduates. Tickets for both days of events were sold out over a month before the commencement weekend. Over 400 volunteers from the community helped to ensure the smooth operation of all the events.Regarding the Chinese students’ objections in February, Mr. Khosla said he was completely open and willing to work on the differences. He said, “There are Chinese students who are very welcoming of his message. There are other students, who under either their own influence or some other influences, are acting like they are not welcoming. But I want to be compassionate and be sensitive to everybody’s concerns.”As the Epoch Times previously reported, the Chinese Consulate was behind the initial Chinese student objections to UCSD’s decision to invite the Dalai Lama to speak at the commencement ceremony.The CSSA at UCSD is one among the vast CSSA network, sponsored by the local Chinese Consulates. The connection to the Los Angeles Consulate is listed on the UCSD CSSA website, as reported by the Epoch Times.The Chinese regime has a long history of infiltration into foreign countries utilizing the large number of overseas Chinese. By controlling what the overseas Chinese say about certain sensitive issues, such as Tibet, the regime attempts to extend its Party line to beyond China’s borders.Khosla emphasized that the Dalai Lama brought the right message. “This message is a message of love, compassion, education, peace, environment, saving the earth, so I think this is the right message.” At a time when free speech has been challenged on campuses around the United States, the Chancellor said all should have the right to speak. “As a university, we stand by the First Amendment (freedom of speech, press, assemble, and petition to the government). The most uncomfortable thing would be we stop people from expressing themselves. Our students are free to invite many controversial speakers, and yes they do. We embrace them all.” Share Share this article Show Discussion UCSD Celebrates Largest Commencement as Dalai Lama Speaks Without Protests By Sophia Fang, Epoch Times June 19, 2017 Updated: June 19, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US last_img read more

Police Join in on Neighborhood SlipandSlide

first_img(Screenshot/YouTube) Share this article “Don’t worry, we’re not here to break up your fun,” officer Carrie Lee told a group, CBS News reported. “We received a call about the road being blocked—so here we are.”They then determined the water slide was fine. “We looked at it and determined it wasn’t really an issue,” Lee added. “So the first thing I said, I said I’m not here to break up your fun.” Lee can be seen using a trash bag as her raft as Officer Joe Jones slides down in an inner tube, joining a young boy.“I thought I was going to be able to get out of it, because I’m too big to fit in a trash bag,” Jones told CNN. “But then when the kids pulled out this big raft … I had no choice.”“We for sure did not expect that,” Asheville resident Katlen Joyce Smith told CBS. “She went first in the plastic bag—and joked, ‘This is going to make such a good body-cam video.’” Police showed up to investigate a complaint at a giant slip-and-slide party in Asheville, North Carolina—but it didn’t go exactly as the caller imagined.Asheville Police arrived at the scene, but instead of issuing a citation, they made an unexpected move: they took a ride down the slide themselves, all captured in a now viral video. Police Join in on Neighborhood Slip-and-Slide By Epoch Newsroom July 5, 2017 Updated: July 5, 2017 Show Discussion US Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

After Refusing to Join a US Missile Defense Program Canada Might Be

first_imgA launch test of North Korea’sintermediate-range ballistic missileHwasong-12 at an undisclosed locationnear Pyongyang, in a photo released byNorth Korea’s official Korean CentralNews Agency on Aug. 30, 2017. (STR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES) An increasingly belligerent North Korea has sparked a debate in Canada about whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should reverse his country’s long opposition to joining the U.S. missile defense program.Canada opted not to join the program in 2005 despite an appeal by President George W. Bush.Now, without any prompting from the Trump administration to join, Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan says he has not ruled out that Trudeau’s liberal administration will do so. Canada is already a member of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which provides early warning to the United States and Canada of any ballistic missile threats. The U.S. missile defense program is meant to shoot down incoming ballistic missiles.Sajjan said that the threat of ballistic missiles is “real” and will be a topic when Canadian and U.S. officials meet to discuss upgrades to NORAD, The Canadian Press reported. However, Sajjan said it was one of multiple issues that are of importance to Canada’s defense.In 2005, a fierce national debate on whether to join the program resulted in Canada deciding against it. Those opposed argued that it would harm Canada’s sovereignty in foreign policy, with some criticizing what they perceived as an aggressive U.S. foreign policy under Bush.However, those in military circles have argued that Canada joining the program would have further strengthened U.S. and Canadian collaboration within NORAD. Some have also accused the Canadian government of becoming a free rider in ballistic missile defense, relying on the United States to protect it. A statement by Canada’s highest-ranking NORAD official last month sent a shock wave through the country, when he said he was told by his U.S. counterparts that it is not a priority of the United States to defend Canada.“We’re being told in Colorado Springs that the extant U.S. policy is not to defend Canada,” said Lt. Gen. Pierre St-Amand, deputy commander of the Colorado-based NORAD, the Toronto Star reported at the time. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un inspects a military site in North Korea in this undated picture released by state media. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called on other countries to pay their fair share of the burden when it comes to military defense. Most notably, he has called on NATO members to step up and pay what they are supposed to under the alliance’s own guidelines.NATO guidelines stipulate that member states spend at least 2 percent of GDP on defense. In 2016, only five nations met the NATO requirement: United States (3.6 percent), Greece (2.4 percent), United Kingdom (2.2 percent), Estonia (2.1 percent), and Poland (2 percent). Canada was among the nations spending the least on defense, at 1.2 percent of GDP in 2016.Since Trump became president in January, NATO members have started to increase their defense spending. Germany announced earlier this year it was increasing its spending by 2 billion euros (US$2.35 billion).The United States has spent tens of billions of dollars over the past decade to develop and improve its missile defense systems. In light of recent threats from North Korea and the advances in its nuclear weapons program, Trump has said the systems will be further improved.On Oct. 4, the Pentagon announced it will spend an additional $440 million on missile defense.It is unclear if Canada would be able to still join the U.S. missile defense program even if it wanted to, or how much it would pay.Pundits have pointed to the political cost of such a move by Trudeau, with some arguing that it was worth that cost.Tim Harper of the Toronto Star wrote in a column on Oct. 5 that the issue is a “double-edged sword” for Trudeau.“Heading to Washington to ask Trump for protection will surely start the domestic debate here. But the Liberal government might be wise to endure that debate in return for protection in uncertain times,” Harper wrote.North Korea now claims that its state nuclear program is nearing completion. A Russian delegation visiting the reclusive communist state this week said that they were presented with calculations to prove that North Korean ballistic missiles can reach the U.S. mainland. They also said that the regime is preparing for new ballistic missile tests, possibly as early as Monday. Follow Jasper on Twitter: @JasperFakkert After Refusing to Join a US Missile Defense Program, Canada Might Be Changing Its Mind With increased threats from North Korea, Canada is reconsidering joining a US program that it refused in 2005By Jasper Fakkert October 7, 2017 Updated: October 13, 2017 Share this article Show Discussioncenter_img Share Canada  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

Accident in Illinois Spills Cash All Over Highway

first_img Money doesn’t grow on trees, but sometimes it can be found on the ground.That was the case on Tuesday, Jan. 23, when a highway in Illinois was closed for about an hour as people picked up cash that had been spilled during an accident.The driver of a black car heading east on I-74 near Mahomet, Illinois, lost control and crashed into a guardrail. The vehicle then spun out of control and crashed into a Chevrolet Silverado with a flatbed trailer shortly after 11:30 a.m., The News-Gazette reports. Share this article Share US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Both cars ended up in the median, and another vehicle, a Ford SUV, swerved to avoid them and ended up hitting a guardrail. The black vehicle was carrying cash for a video-gambling terminal company and during the crash, the cash spilled all over the highway, state police said.The driver of the Ford SUV was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.The driver of the black passenger car was charged with driving too fast for conditions, and the driver of the Ford SUV was charged with driving on a revoked license and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.From Recommended Video: Corvette Chasecenter_img Follow Holly on Twitter: @HollyGailK A vehicle accident on 1-74 near Mahomet, Illinois, spilled cash all over the highway on Jan. 23, 2018. (Shutterstock) Show Discussion Accident in Illinois Spills Cash All Over Highway By Holly Kellum January 24, 2018 Updated: January 24, 2018last_img read more

Top 5 Videos of the Day Mystery Texas Woman Rings Doorbell Late

first_img Video of the Day Share Top 5 Videos of the Day: Mystery Texas Woman Rings Doorbell Late at Night By Epoch Newsroom August 28, 2018 Updated: August 28, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   QualityAuto 480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video center_img Mystery Woman Rings Doorbell in Video, Police Still SearchingA mystery woman with what appeared to be broken restraints strapped to her wrists woke a Texan resident at her home at 3:20 a.m. on Aug. 24.The Sunrise Ranch resident woke up to 20 to 30 unexpected rings at the doorbell of her Montgomery home, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.Read full storyLas Vegas Police Shoot Man Who Allegedly Stabbed 2 Women at Random  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Las Vegas Police released video footage of an officer-involved shooting of a stabbing suspect armed with a knife who was trying to flee officers.In the video, the suspect can be seen acting erratically as officers order him to put down the knife. “Put the knife down,” one officer tells the man. “Hey, drop the knife,” another adds.Read full story Update: Woman in Canada Abduction Video Found Safe  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for a suspect wanted in an alleged abduction in York.The victim, a 28-year-old woman, is safe after police released a video showing her ringing a doorbell at a home in Richmond Hill at 2:50 a.m. earlier this month. She was found on Aug. 24, according to York Regional Police in a statement.Read full storyAustralia Beach Closed After Headless Whale Washes Ashore  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Bondi Beach in Australia was closed on Aug. 28 after a shark-bitten, headless whale carcass washed ashore.The whale was covered with a number of shark bites and was believed to be a juvenile humpback. The whale was also missing its tail, an official with the National Parks and Wildlife Service told AAP.Read full storyVideo: Firefighter in a Store Shields Woman From Gunfire  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video A New Mexico firefighter is being called a hero after shielding a woman from the gunfire of a gun battle.Espanola Police shared surveillance video on Facebook that shows Espanola firefighter Enrico Trujillo running into the store to shield the woman, a customer, while a gunfight plays out.Read full storyIf you enjoyed reading this article, please continue to read more stories here.Sign up for our free newsletters here. Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

BEVERLY HILLS—Shirley Boone the longtime wife of

first_img BEVERLY HILLS—Shirley Boone, the longtime wife of singer Pat Boone as well as a philanthropist, has died. She was 84.She passed away on Jan. 11, surrounded by her four daughters, Cherry, Lindy, Debby and Laury, who sang to her, Milt Suchin, Pat Boone’s manager, said in a statement. Show Discussion Shirley and Pat Boone had been married for 65 years. During that time, Shirley Boone helped to establish Mercy Corps, which has become an international charitable organization dedicated to addressing economic, environmental, social and political problems. She also published writings, hosted TV shows and recorded music. Shirley Boone is the daughter of country singer Red Foley, a well-known country singer of the 1930s and 1940s who became a star with his recording of “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy.”Shirley and Pat Boone had been high school sweethearts, and they married when he was 19 and rising to stardom.American singer Pat Boone American singer Pat Boone and his wife Shirley are pictured at the London airport after their arrival from N.Y., on April 4, 1958. (Wade Payne/Invision/AP)In a statement to friends and family, Pat Boone wrote: “Quick bulletin, change of address: Dear Shirley BOONE doesn’t dwell in Beverly Hills now—she’s just been warmly welcomed into a beautiful new mansion in Heaven, prepared specifically for her and her husband by Jesus Himself, who said “that where I am, you may be also”.Rejoice for her, she’s begun her eternal life.She loves you too, as I do.” Share Legendary Singer Pat Boone’s Wife Shirley (of 65 years) Dies At 84 Of Congestive Heart Failure; Daughters include Debbie Boone— Richard A. Lertzman (@ricklertzman) January 12, 2019  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img Pat Boone, right, and wife Shirley Boone arrive at Lipscomb University for the Dove Award, in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 7, 2014. (Wade Payne/Invision/AP) Share this article Shirley Boone, Wife of Pat Boone and Philanthropist, Dies By The Associated Press January 13, 2019 Updated: January 13, 2019 Entertainment News last_img read more

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first_img Show Discussion Share Local police, fire department, and deputy sheriffs help a man who is overdosing in the Drexel neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times) Deaths from the synthetic opioid fentanyl skyrocketed more than 1,000% from 2011 to 2016, according to a report released Thursday, March 21, 2019.The number of fatalities related to the drug held fairly steady between 2011 and 2012, hovering around 1,600 deaths in both those years.In 2013, the number increased to just over 1,900 fatalities.Beginning in 2014, though, fentanyl-related deaths began to double each year. In 2014, fentanyl was involved in 4,223 deaths.In 2015, it was 8,251 deaths. And in 2016, fentanyl-related deaths had jumped to 18,335.The shadow of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is cast on a photograph of heroin and fentanyl The shadow of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is cast on a photograph of heroin and fentanyl during a news conference, Washington, on March 22, 2018 (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also analyzed who had been hardest hit by the fentanyl epidemic.The researchers, who are part of the National Center for Health Statistics, found that while men and women had similar rates of fentanyl-related deaths from 2011 through 2013, that began to shift. By 2016, the rate of men dying from fentanyl overdoses was nearly three times that of women.Son dies of heroin overdose Kim Sullivan, who’s son, died of a heroin overdose, prepares address students at Fitch Senior High School during a presentation to educate teens about the dangers of opioid painkiller medication and heroin addiction in Groton, CT, on Feb. 26, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)And while there were increases in fentanyl-related fatalities in all age groups, the largest rate increases were among younger adults between the ages of 15 and 34. The rate of 15- to 24-year-olds who died from fentanyl overdoses increased about 94% each year between 2011 and 2016, and about 100% each year for 25- to 34-year-olds.Researchers also found that while whites had the highest overall rates of fentanyl fatalities, death rates among blacks and Hispanics were growing faster. Between 2011 and 2016, blacks had fentanyl death rates increase 140.6% annually and Hispanics had an increase of 118.3% annually.A National Center for Health Statistics report released in December found fentanyl to be the drug mostly commonly involved in overdose deaths. In 2016, the drug was responsible for nearly 29% of all drug overdose deaths, making it the deadliest drug in America. Local Police and paramedics help a man who is overdosing in the Drexel neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio, on Aug. 3, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)Researchers analyzed death certificate information that included mentions of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. Previous analysis had not looked specifically only at fentanyl, but overall synthetic opioids.Americans are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident. In 2017, drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans, and opioids are the leading driver in US drug overdose deaths. Opioids are a class of drugs that includes illicit fentanyl and heroin, as well as commonly prescribed painkillers, such as oxycodone and morphine.2019 CNN Trademark  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   center_img US News Fentanyl Deaths Skyrocketed More than 1,000% over 6 Years in the US—Here’s Who It’s Killing By Wire Service Content March 21, 2019 Updated: March 21, 2019 Share this articlelast_img read more